7 Ways Tourists Are Destroying the World’s Best Vacation Spots

Whether you have had a romantic vacation ruined by drunk 20-somethings, your backpacking dream holiday crowded out by 5-star hotels, or a drunken getaway stifled by the looks of disapproving parents with young kids, the problem with the best vacation spots is, quite simply, the number of tourists. Tourists themselves are responsible for wreaking havoc on the best vacation spots the world has to offer.

Read on, and you’ll find out 7 different ways tourists are accomplishing this.

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    Probably the number one way in which tourists are directly impacting the best sites are the sheer numbers of tourists visiting them. Forget about visiting the Eiffel tower in the summer, unless perhaps it’s raining. But even places that used to be slightly further afield, like Angkor Wat in Cambodia, are now beginning to be overrun. You’re most likely to avoid the crowds if you visit popular destinations in the off-season, and popular sites at off-hours.

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    Entitlement

    It’s not just the crowds of tourists, but the sense of entitlement that many travel with that is slowly eroding the magic of top vacation spots. The notion that they deserve the very best at the lowest possible price, at the expense of local livelihoods, economy or environment is a key problem. Too many tourists are behaving like spoiled 5-year olds, and that just spells disaster.

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    Money Doesn’t Stay in the Local Economy

    The vast sums of money spent by tourists, both by the well-heeled and by backpackers, often don’t remain in the local economy. For example, high-end hotels in the Angkor Wat region of Cambodia are more likely to import their food than buy from Cambodian farmers, and top positions within the hotel are filled by foreign nationals.

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